Trevor’s Story


Trevor was employed full time for 33 years at Remploy, Bolton. Trevor worked as an Electronic Assembler. Following the closure of the factory he found himself made redundant and out of work. Trevor joined the Access Ability programme based in Bolton, which takes place at Bolton Central Library every Tuesday, which provides a regular meeting point for him and 15 of his colleagues. Trevor is an active member of the group and provides peer support where ever he can.

Progress he has made……

….. during his time with the project Trevor’s journey hasn’t been the easiest, unfortunately not long after being made redundant he lost his father who was also his dearest of friends. Even though Trevor was experiencing difficulty, he still attended the weekly job club to see his peers, gain support from friends and for social interaction.

Through funding received from the Community Support Fund (CSF) and working partnerships with the Job Centre Plus and Access Ability Trevor has made significant progressive steps.  Even though he has not yet gained employment, his main focus has been to adapt to living on his on his own.

Trevor’s progression since working with Access Ability has been a pleasure to be a part of. He now has a mentor whom he sees weekly, he volunteer’s at a local charity shop which is allowing Trevor to build on his employability, social and practical skills. Trevor is also attending weekly one-to-one basic IT sessions which has taken his love and past time of collecting old classic DVD’s and comic magazines to a whole new dimension. Trevor has accessed his personal budget to purchase a laptop and internet connection to ‘keep connected’ with friends and family, progress his new learnt ICT skills and actively identifying any suitable job vacancies.

Trevor said, “Access Ability has provided me with the support and guidance to develop my skills and confidence over the past 18 months. Attending the weekly job club has been a lifeline it has enabled me to keep in contact socially with my ex colleagues, make new friends and make big steps towards my own independence.”

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